Subject Leader: Mrs A Dengate
Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.
The art room is a space where students have the freedom to express their ideas and thoughts and to work creatively. Learning through, and about, the arts enriches the experience of studying whilst at school as well as preparing students for life after school. Our aim is to engage, inspire and challenge pupils, promoting resilience, confidence and independence and equip them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design.
In Year 7, the students’ journey begins by exploring the history of art and key art movements. Students will explore the formal elements (line, tone, shape, form and colour) engaging in a range of drawing and painting exercises. Working from primary sources allows for keen observation, helping students to understand scale and proportion whilst developing a more realistic style of drawing. We will explore drawing and painting with the full tonal range and will allow for new ways of working by developing two dimensional drawings into relief sculpture. The key skills learnt throughout Year 7 provide the foundation to build upon; students are given independence in their work and ownership over their outcome, as well as learning about the research, presentation, refinement and development of art.
In Year 8, we introduce the concept of perspective, seeing three -dimensionally, and assist students in the portrayal of their understanding of depth and space whilst exploring a range of media. Students will research both historical and contemporary artists and respond to them by working in two dimensional and three-dimensional formats. Throughout the year there will be an exploration of various techniques including drawing, painting, printmaking, photography and sculpture.
Year 9 continues to build upon key skills to ensure students become proficient in drawing and painting. There will be further exploration of more complex approaches to drawing, giving consideration to composition and positive and negative space. Students will continue to develop their knowledge and skills when using a camera, enabling students to have a practical photographic experience. Mixed media approaches will encourage experimentation and ownership over their outcomes. Students will explore both historical and contemporary artists, responding to them to develop and inspire their own ideas and outcomes.
Students are able to opt to study GCSE Art or Photography in Year 10.
Both courses enable students to work independently to create personal and innovative outcomes through experimentation, exploring a wide range of techniques and processes. Students will become proficient in handling a range of different media, exhausting all possibilities through experimentation. Students will learn how to record their thoughts and intentions as their work evolves and become confident in analysing and evaluating their own work as well as that of other artists.
Students will spend Year 10 developing coursework that contributes to 60% of their final GCSE grade.
Students will continue to work independently to create personal and innovative outcomes, developing their portfolio which provides students with 60% of their final examination grade. Students begin their art or photography examination in January of Year 11. The examination board issues the students with an exam paper, and students are required to select just one question, responding to it by developing their own ideas and carrying out a personal investigation of their chosen theme. Students have access to a wide range of media, resources and specialist equipment. Approximately three and a half months will be given to students to develop their preparatory work and the final outcome is produced in a ten hour practical exam in April. The preparatory work and final outcome is jointly marked and forms 40% of the final GCSE grade.
How will the GCSE be assessed overall?
Careers in Art:
Architect, Illustrator, StoryBoard Illustrator, Graphic Designer, Logo/Branding Designer, Art Conservationist, Special Effects Make-Up Artist, Stage/Set Designer, Art Teacher, Fine Artist, Tattoo Artist, Art Therapist, Museum/Gallery Curator, Concept Artist, Product Design
Careers in Photography:
Fashion Photographer, Wedding Photographer, Photojournalist, Food Photographer, Portrait Photographer, Animator, Digital Illustrator, Television/Film Producer, Documentary Filmmaker, Camera Operator, Film Editor
Students will work at an advanced level to develop their personal practice, exploring and building on their interests in art or photography. Students will enrich their understanding of key concepts and improve their practical skills in a wide range of traditional and contemporary techniques. The course is designed to accommodate a wide range of media and resources; it encourages independent expression and the development of a critical, reflective practice. The provision of study visits offer Sixth Form students the opportunity to enrich their work through experiential learning.
How will the course be assessed overall?
What does this course lead on to?
Successful A level Art students can go on to study on a range of Art & Design foundation and degree courses, training in their area of specialisation.
Careers in Art:
Architect, Illustrator, StoryBoard Illustrator, Graphic Designer, Logo/Branding Designer, Art Conservationist, Special Effects Make-Up Artist, Stage/Set Designer, Art Teacher, Fine Artist, Tattoo Artist, Art Therapist, Museum/Gallery Curator, Concept Artist, Product Design …
Careers in Photography:
Fashion Photographer, Wedding Photographer, Photojournalist, Food Photographer, Portrait Photographer, Animator, Digital Illustrator, Television/Film Producer, Documentary Filmmaker, Camera Operator, Film Editor …